Friday, January 2, 2009

What to do with all those Holiday Cards

Now that the holiday season is winding down and you have started to take down any holiday decorations, you may be left with the inevitable pile of holiday cards. Holiday cards are always fun to receive and I am EXTREMELY thankful for everyone I get. That being said, there are more things to do with your holiday cards than simply put them in the recycle bin when the season is over. Here are a few ideas on what you could do with yours.

  1. Put them in a scrapbook. I used to do this when I was a child and saved all my holiday/birthday/valentine cards in a scrapbook. I used to hate it when my mom made me do it, but when I was home over the holidays I found a couple of theses old scrapbooks and it brought back many fond memories. Over time I had forgot some of the little details of who I was friends with, the funny cards that were sent my way, etc. It was really enjoyable to look over these old cards again!
  2. If the front part of the card is not written on you can cut it out from the back part (make sure to recyle the back part) and reuse it as a postcard the following year or a unique gift tag for one of your presents.
  3. Cut your cards into decorative tree ornaments.
  4. Bring your cards into a local daycare center to be used as arts and crafts projects.
These are a few of the ideas I know of, do you have any great ideas on what to with the holdiay cards you receive?

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3 comments:

Julie said...

You can also mail the cards to St. Jude's and the kids there will make new cards out of the old ones:

http://humanitarianhelpers.blogspot.com/2008/12/recycle-your-christmas-cards-for.html

I think there are more places too that take the cards by mail, but I can't find them.

Great crafty ideas tho!

Casey said...

Those are good ideas - I like the gift card idea too! And donating them is an even better solution.

Casey said...

and by gift card, I mean gift tag. :-)